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7 Quick Takes *Lite*

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!
I am doing a *Lite* version this week. It has been a busy week and my 4 year old is not feeling well this morning.

1. Proud Wife
This past week my husband was invited to the Synod on the New Evangelization in Rome!!  I am so happy for him and super proud of him.  He will be leaving next week and will be gone for 3 weeks.  Several people have asked if I am going too.  The simple answer is No.  I am a little sad not to be going, as it would be my first trip to Rome, but logistically it would have been difficult. And my husband will be so busy over there, that he will not have a lot of opportunities to tour the city.  But, I have told him to kiss St. Peter's toe for me and to take lots of pictures!

2. Cubbies

This week K had his first Cub Scout meeting.  The boy just BEAMED when he put his uniform on!!  His excitement was just so cute.  He could not stop talking about his first meeting as a real cub scout.

3. Love Thy Neighbor?
We have a great neighbor.  She l…

Loaves and Fishes

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee, and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who …

The Gift

I love baptisms.  And I usually cry at them, even if it is not my own child.  There is something so beautiful about being a witness to a child being committed to Christ.  I just love it.

But, my love for baptisims has waned a bit over the last year.  As the reality that we will probably not be the parents bringing a child to baptism anymore has set in, baptisms have just gotten a bit harder to attend.  Do not get me wrong, I am still joyful for our friends, but there is just a part of me that gets sad.

So, when we headed to good friends' daughter's baptism, two weeks ago, I surrounded myself with my boys and hugged them a little bit tighter, reminding myself of how abundantly I have been blessed as the priest got to the point where the baptisim would begin.

And then it happened. A pure gift. The priest, who happens to be a friend of our family, called my three sons up to serve during the baptism. All three of my sons.  Even my 4 yr old.  And I almost held him back, but so glad…

St. Therese of Lisieux Novena Starts today!!

Go to Pray More Novenas to get the novena prayers delivered to your inbox each day! St. Therese of the Little Flower, pray for us!

Seven Quick Takes- Friday is almost over edition!

Thanks, Jen for hosting!! 1. Keepin' it real I love my couch. When we bought it (in the scratch and dent section of the store . . . there is a HUGE rip on the arm under that blanket) I fell in love with the big pillows and its red color.  After having it for 9 years, it is showing a lot of wear.  But, that does not bother me that much.  What bothers me is that it looks like this 90% of the time . . .  Well, it is rare that the boys actually leave the blanket on the couch . . . that is usually on the floor too.  I guess the pillows are way too fun to play with. 2. The Skinny Rules I am not sure how it happened,but I lost another pound this week.  I know that that is not tons, but for not following the "Rules" two days this week and NO exercise, I will take it.  I am liking these rules! 3. No Exercise After my disastrous run last week, I decided I need to stop all exercise and head to the Physical therapist.  I went twice this week.  I learned nothing new.  My hips are out …

Pin it to Win it from Wild Olive Tees

Who would not want to win this giveaway?!?!

Go to Wild Olive Tees and find out how you can will three of your favorite shirts!!

Run for the Little Flowers Updates

I am at a point where I feel I need a post to give some further information about the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K fundraiser.  Hopefully, this will get everyone up to date on where we are at since not everyone is on the Run for the Little Flowers facebook page.

Just a few things:

1. My goal is to have 147 people run/walk/donate for this race.  I want 1 runner for every 1 MILLION Orphans around the world.  This, conveniently, will get us to the fundraising goal of covering a nanny's salary for 6 months!

I have not counted this week, but we are still about 90 away from 147.  So, please, please, if you have not registered, please do so.  And, share with your friends, get a group going, etc.

If you are NOT registered, do so before this Saturday morning because I am giving away one of these fun decals from One More Mile to two lucky donors/runners/walkers (winner's choice).

2. Please consider running for a specific child. Little Flower Projects has a great Facebook page her…

Wordless Wednesday - Will you run for this little one?

By registering/donating to the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K, you will be helping orphans such as little Meng.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it is off to PT I go!

This weekend I ran.  Or I should say I tried to run.  I have been itching to run for a couple weeks now.  The weather around here has been perfect for running.  The road was calling my name.  Luckily I have a husband who speaks some sense into me most of the time.  But this weekend, when, before he could say anything, I was dressed in my running clothes, Garmin charged and on my wrist, he knew I was beyond any rational argument against running.  I was going for a run.

But, my husband found a way around my foolishness.  He sent me out with my three boys.  And my youngest is 4. So, you can imagine that not much running happened at first.  It took 20 minutes to complete 1 mile.  I returned home with the boys and left my 4 yr old and 6 yr old at home with my hubby. My knee felt funny even during the walk and I knew it would hurt if I ran, but I was determined to run.  My husband had bribed my 9 yr old to run 3 miles with me.  He knew my 9 yr old would keep me slower than I wanted to go.�…

7 Quick Takes - The evening edition

1. We have had a busy and eventful day today with school, meeting friends at the park.  My posts are no longer on "auto post" so I think it will be quiet around here for the next week unless I get writing!

2. The weather here is perfect.  Low humidity, nice and sunny.  Lower temps.  It makes me want to go out and run . . . oh, wait, I can't . . . excuse my language, but this is beginning to suck!

3. Some schedule changes.

I think we need an overhaul here.  The boys started swim this week.  So, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we head out to get the the pool by 9AM.  My boys like to sleep in, so this involves getting them up early.  Plus, It interrupts our school day.  Today, I really wanted to go to mass, but just could not afford 3 days of interrupted school a week. So, as I was thinking about possible solutions, it came to me. Everyone needs to get up earlier.  Instead of 9 AM mass, we can head to 8AM mass.  If the kids get up earlier, they can start their school work…

Nature Walk

One of the great things about having kids is getting to see the world through their eyes.  I am a very goal orientated person, most of the time. I have a task to do . . . I do it. . . . and move on.  But it is not so easy to do that with 3 boys. The other day we went to a local pond to find more milkweed for our Monarch Caterpillar.  My intent was to walk over, get the milkweed and go home.  But as the boys started to pick up every stick they saw and hurl it into the pond, our mission, luckily, changed a bit.  It is funny, but when you are so focused on one thing, you typically miss a lot of beauty around you.  Thankfully, that day we didn't. And, thankfully, I have three precious boys that slow me down enough so that I can see it. And here's the proof . . .

Wordless Wednesday- An oldie but a goodie

Found this picture while deleting old ones. It is hard to believe this picture was taken two years ago. I love my boys!

Will my arsenal work, or am I just putting off the inevitable?

Yes, I have been using all of these things to try to work out my glute/hamstring/IT band issue.  And there are days when I think they are working and I think things are getting better. I may actually get to run again, someday soon.  And then there are days when I think, Who am I kidding?  This is not working and I am going to have to go to physical therapy to fix this.

The truth is, I do not want to go to a physical therapist.  I have been to a chiropractor and a specialized sports massage therapist and if they cannot get this problem taken care of (along with the tons of exercises and other things I do at home), how is a PT going to fix this problem?

So, I am going on, oh, I do not know how long, of NO RUNNING. We are hitting my favorite time of year to run.  And I am still on the injured reserved list. And I am frustrated.

Anyone out there have a similar issue and something actually work for them? I just want to run again.

Coffee yumminess protein shake - Fit Frappe review

I love coffee, in case you did not know.  I love the smell of it.  I love the taste of it.  Love it.  I only drink one cup of coffee a day, but I enjoy sipping on it hot or iced while praying in the morning.

And, I am a bit of a health nut, in case you did not know that either.  I frequently drink protein shakes after workouts, or as a quick meal supplement (I eat 5 times a day) when I am on the run.

So, I was so excited to try Big Train's Fit Frappe!  A protein shake and coffee in one.

Here is some information about Fit Frappe from Big Train's web site:
Versatile- can be served hot, iced or as a frozen frappé Outrageously delicious, full flavored café style drink Similar caffeine levels as coffee (100-280 mg) depending on flavorLong lasting energy from protein using Calcium Caseinate Excellent meal replacement Gluten free Very low sugar- less than 1g per 16oz serving 5-6 net carbs
I have tried MANY protein shakes in many flavors.  And I have had some very bad ones and some ve…

7 Quick Takes

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!
1. All or nothing blogger
For me, blogging seems to be "feast or famine." I may have a post a day for a week and then not blog for two weeks.  Well, since my hubby is out of town, I wrote  a lot of posts the other night.  So look for many, not too interesting posts, from me in the next several days!

2. Run for the Little Flowers 5K In case you have forgotten, I am hosting a fundraiser for the Little Flower Projects.  They care for orphans with special medical needs in China.  Need a reason to go register?? Think of this cutie getting the medical care she needs and being adopted.

3. Need another reason to donate to the virtual run? Check out the really cool giveaway items that have been donated.  If you are registered, you are entered to win.  But, there are MANY wanys to get extra entries, so spread the word and increase your chances of winning! These are just a few of the items . . .

4.  7
I am reading 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess right no…